MEH set the wind energy capacity for applications at 330 MW in 2006. Of these applications, capacity of 175 MW has already been built and a further 15 MW of capacity is expected to be completed by year-end.
Wind power tender procedure
The Hungarian Energy Office (hereinafter HEO) in its capacity provided by the Articles 7§(2) and 8§ of Act No LXXXVI and proceeding in accordance with Art. 159 § q) thereof, also in accordance with the requirements of the KHEM resolution No 33/2009 (VI. 30.) on the terms and conditions of issuing a call for bids for the establishment of wind power capacities and on the minimum content of such bids and on the rules of the tender procedure, calls for bids to establish wind power capacities .
The maximum amount of wind power capacities under this call for bids is 410 MW of which 280 MW may be established in the operation territory of two out of the 6 electricity distribution companies (E.ON Észak-dunántúli Áramhálózati Zrt. and ÉMÁSZ Hálózati Kft.) while the rest (130 MW) may be established in the remaining parts of Hterritories of E.ON Dél-dunántúli Áramhálózati Zrt., DÉMÁSZ Hálózati Elosztó Kft., ELMÛ Hálózati Kft. and E.ON Tiszántúli Áramhálózati Zrt).
Subsequent to registration the call for bids in Hungarian language is downloadable from the web site of HEO (www.eh.gov.hu).
The bid submitted shall bear the bidder-specific registration number.
All further necessary information on the tender and the competitive bidding procedure are detailed in the call.
Hungary’s wind power capacity totals 176 megawatts, and most wind turbines are found in the environs of Mosonmagyarovar and Csorna, in the northwest, chairman of Hungary’s Wind Power Association Peter Toth added.
“Hungary has a tremendous wind energy potential. If the government promptly addresses issues such as administrative procedures and grid access for renewable energy, wind could be a major contributor to reaching its 2020 target,” said Péter Tóth, President of the Hungarian Wind Energy Association (HuWEA) at a workshop in Budapest organised with the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
The EU Directive setting up mandatory targets for renewable energy for all EU Member States establishes that Hungary must increase the amount of renewables in its energy mix from 4.3% at the end of 2005 to 13% by 2020. “According to the model used by the European Commission in its assessment, Hungary’s potential is 20% by 2020, hence anything beyond 13% should be seen as an additional opportunity for the local economy,” said Andrea Hercsuth, Policy officer at the Transport and Energy Directorate General of the European Commission.
Currently, just under 1% of Hungarian energy comes from wind. In May 2009, there was a total of 177 MW of wind power capacity installed in the country, out of the approximately 65,000 MW of total installed wind capacity in the EU.
“A national renewable energy action plan outlining appropriate measures to reach the targets will have to be submitted to the European Commission by June 2010” said Jacopo Moccia, Regulatory Affairs Advisor at EWEA. In order to ensure the development of wind energy in Hungary, the country’s grids will need to be significantly improved. “The current 330 MW cap on wind energy placed by the TSO should be significantly increased by 2020,” said Máté Kovács, Counsellor, Department of Environmental Development, Hungarian Ministry of the Environment and Water.
Spain’s Iberdrola Renewables has started the construction of its first wind farm in Hungary, with installed capacity of 50 MW near the village of Kisigmand in northwest Hungary’s Komarom-Esztergom county, the company. "The installation, which comprises 25 wind turbines made by Gamesa with 2 MW nominal capacity each, will enable the company to progress in the development of wind farms in Hungary, an attractive market due to its high growth potential," Iberdrola said in a statement.
Wind turbines made by Denmark’s Vestas account for 41.5% of the wind power capacity in Hungary, more than turbines made by any other company.